Prof. dr. J.P. van der Leun

  • Crime policy
  • Crimmigration
  • Human trafficking
  • Migration policy
  • Public order and security

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7522
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Stafdienst Bedrijfsvoering, Faculteitsbestuur
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 4.31
Personal Homepage:​org/​strafrechtencriminologie/​leunjpvander.jsp


Joanne van der Leun (1963) is full Professor of Criminology at Leiden Law School. She is Academic Director of the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology. Between 2008 and 2014 she was Program Director of Criminology (BA and MA). She is member of the Advisory Committee of Immigration Affairs of the Ministry of Security and Justice, the Netherlands, and is active in several Editorial Boards. She is also member of the Advisory Board of the centre of Expertise for the Forensic Psychiatry.


Her research interest lie in the field of crime, security and migration. She has primarily been involved in interdisciplinary research projects, both nationally and internationally. Her 2010 Inaugural Lecture dealt with the issue of Crimmigration: the melting of Criminal Law and Migration Policy. Together with Dr. Maartje van der Woude she coordinates research in this area in the Netherlands in which she works together with scholars in the country and abroad. She is active member of the CINETS network: Crimmigration Control - International Net of Studies. She was trained at Utrecht University in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (MA) with a specialisation in Urban Studies and holds a PhD d in Sociology (Erasmus University 2001). Since 2001 she is working as a criminologist. She was one of the pioneering staff members of the Criminology BA program at Leiden Law School. She publishes nationally and internationally about migration and crime, urban crime, illegal or irregular migration, processes of incorporation of migrants, and the execution of (police) policy at the local level.


She teaches Crimmigration and Criminal Justice Actors in Comparative Perspective in the Criminal Justice Master and supervises Master theses and PhD theses. She is also involved in the optional courses Criminology for Lawyers and Human Trafficking (both in Dutch).

Last Modified: 01-09-2016